Employee wellbeing vs cost saving in a coworking environment
Employee wellbeing is a topic that is often at the forefront of any good company’s mind. Employee satisfaction will mean better productivity, improved attendance rates, reduced presenteeism and ultimately increase profits.
Space and its use and development play a significant part to how staff relate to their work and company and a mismanaged space can significantly affect employee wellbeing. A lack of space planning solutions can also cause dissatisfaction, inefficiency and low mood.
A recent cloudbooking survey found that despite this growing trend for agility and remote working 83% of UK office staff consider their intimidate work environment, i.e. their desk and surrounding areas, important to their wellbeing and overall workplace experience. In addition, and contrary to growing beliefs, the need for a permanent desk was the majority’s basic requirement in the work place.
As coworking, remote working and agile environments increasingly become the norm in the average British office, it’s worth considering how to best apply these principles in order to keep costs low for employers but also ensure staff wellbeing.
Moving into a serviced office and adopting a more agile work approach is one way large companies can receive almost instant benefits and improve staff wellbeing rates at a set and transparent cost.
The coworking industry is a highly sophisticated and fast growing sector which takes a progressive approach to the office space vs employee wellbeing conundrum. Most serviced offices now offer dedicated leisure facilities designed to save workers time and maximise their work life balance. These can include hair and beauty salons, an in-house beer bar for after work drinks, break-out areas equipped with games and consoles and are designed to maximise on natural light; many even take a biophilic approach to design, as environments rich in plants are proven to have a positive impact on happiness levels. If a complete office revamp is out of the question for you, supplying staff with a secondary serviced office location can provide all these amenities at an affordable cost.
The cloud booking survey also revealed that 71% of employees find 9-5 work hours old fashioned and impractical, with the ability to choose work location and flexible work hours being critical to 78% of office workers. Companies with large work forces and old work premises will do well to reconsider the impact the office has on their staff in order to maintain good workers and attract new talent. Providing the option of working from a serviced office can solve many such issues and enable employees to have more freedom by being able to be productive in a location that’s closer to home, has better amenities and which gives them the opportunity to connect and network with other professionals.
When looking for a serviced office it’s a good idea to find one which has multiple locations in various points of the city, provides basics facilities as a guarantee and works with reliable and trusted suppliers who can deliver what customers want quickly. There’s no point opting for a space that offers free lunch on Tuesdays but which won’t allow your staff to print freely or that can’t convert the space to your requirements as your needs change or increase.
As with anything, it’s a matter of doing the research and selecting a provider that fits your needs.
If you’re in any doubt about your space and are thinking of adapting your office into a more agile one we’re here to help. We can also advise on what to look out for when moving into a coworking office so feel free to get in touch.